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Treating Rumination in Young Adults May Prevent Episodes of Depression

August 29, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago finds that young adults with a past history of mental illness have “hyper-connected” emotional and cognitive networks in their brains.

Researchers say the networks may “talk to each other a little too much,” and result in rumination, a risk factor for depression.

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Percentage of Newborns Breastfed in Hospital on the Rise

August 28, 2014
Percentage of Newborns Breastfed in Hospital on the Rise By Lorena Anderson More infants are exclusively consuming breast milk immediately after being born in California hospitals than before, according to a new report from the California Women, Infants, Children Association and the UC Davis Human Lactation Center.

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Speaking Up for Unseen Survivors

August 28, 2014
Speaking Up for Unseen Survivors

Los Angeles LGBT Center Supports LGBT Victims of Abuse

By Hannah Guzik

Terra Slavin first walked into a domestic violence shelter when she was 16. In some ways, she never left.

She was there as a volunteer, but she had no idea at the time that the experience would help determine her calling.

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Proposition 45 would allow state to regulate insurance rates

August 27, 2014
Proposition 45 would allow state to regulate insurance rates

By Alisha Wyman

A proposed ballot measure facing voters this fall would give the state the authority to deny health insurance rate increases, a change some consumer groups say is long overdue but that opponents warn could impede Californians’ access to insurance coverage.

Proposition 45, slated for the Nov. 4 ballot, appears simple.

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Poverty Status in Childhood Can Affect Impulsiveness and Decision Making Later in Life

August 27, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Growing up poor can influence a person’s sense of control and result in decision making that is impulsive, as well as tendencies to give up on certain tasks or decisions that require more measured thought, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota.

“We found that adults who grew up poor were more inclined to consider difficult and uncertain living conditions as beyond their control, while those from affluent backgrounds found them to be within their control.

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Birth Weight May Be a Culprit in Higher Rates of Diabetes Among African American Women

August 27, 2014

 By Heather Tirado Gilligan

African-American women may have higher rates of type two diabetes because they are more likely to have been born at a lower weight, according to a new study from researchers at Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center.

African Americans are more likely than whites to be born at a low birth weight, a condition that may result in infant death or may have a lifelong effect on health.

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Childhood Poverty Affects Longterm Health

August 27, 2014
Childhood Poverty Affects Longterm Health

 

Photo: Mary Flynn/CHR

By Mary Flynn

About twenty young children sat on the brightly colored carpet as a man with long dreadlocks slid a large conga drum in front of him. It was “circle time” at Lotus Bloom’s Room to Bloom program, a drop-in parent-child playgroup in East Oakland.

The drummer called out to the kids to stand up, take one step right, one step left.

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Get Tested Hits the Streets During HIV Awareness Month

August 26, 2014
By Suzanne Potter The sun-drenched Palm Springs area is a hotspot for the virus that causes AIDS. The prevalence of HIV in the Coachella Valley is twice the national average. Yet it is estimated that 50-70 percent of residents have never been tested for HIV and don’t know their status.

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Medi-Cal Complaint Office Hasn’t Produced Quarterly Report in Nearly a Year, Despite Huge Increase in Cases

August 26, 2014

By Hannah Guzik

Despite having a huge increase in cases, the state office that handles complaints about health plans for low-income people hasn’t produced a quarterly report in nearly a year.

The quarterly reports help officials identify large-scale problems affecting people enrolled in the health program, called Medi-Cal.

The Managed Care Ombudsman Office typically produces a report every three months that shows the number and type of cases it’s handled for each managed-care plan in California.

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Native Americans Ancestry May Pose Significant Eye Disease Risk for Latinos with Diabetes

August 25, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers with the University of Southern California (USC) Eye Institute has found that Latinos with Native American ancestry who have type 2 diabetes have a significant risk of diabetic retinopathy – the leading cause of blindness in U.S. adults. Diabetic retinopathy affects more than more than 4 million Americans age 40 and older.

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